The Jefferson Chamber’s 25-Year Timeline of Sterling Success

The Jefferson Chamber celebrated a quarter century of advocating, educating, and connecting business in Jefferson Parish in 2022. What started in 1997 with a few people with some great ideas has led to the Chamber’s transformation into the premier business organization in the parish and one of the leaders in the Greater New Orleans region. This timeline highlights many of the landmark moments and quality of life initiatives that laid the foundation, and subsequently, evolved Jefferson Parish into the best place to do business.


1997

1997

Founded by investments from 100 local businesses later becoming known as Charter Members

First Crawfish Boil hosted by Select Properties, Ltd. at 2121 Airline Drive in Metairie

1998 First Crawfish Boil

1998

Angelle LaBorde named first Chamber President & CEO

Created beautification committee, ImageWorks, under belief well-maintained neighborhoods and streets are an important factor in attracting and maintaining development.

Rallied elected officials, PSC commissioners and the media to successfully preserve the 504 area code for region.

1999 Golf 3

1999

First annual Chamber Golf Tournament takes place at Timberlane Golf and Country Club in Gretna

Chamber establishes a Tourism and Cultural Events Task Force to promote tourism in the parish

First Washington Fly-In consists of 26 Chamber members flying to D.C. to address Southeast Louisiana flood control and transportation issues

2000 Dayatthelegislature

2000

Chamber creates tourism bureau known as the Jefferson Convention and Visitors Bureau

Chamber hosts first “Day at the Legislature” in Baton Rouge

2003 Jcyl Class Graduates

2001

Chamber participates in Louisiana NFL Stadium Committee too keep the Saints in the city

Chamber launches first website, www.jeffersonchamber.org

Improving Business. Improving Lives. Tagline adopted as part of rebrand with new logo

2003 Hurry The Huey

2003

East Bank and West Bank Councils merge the New Orleans Regional & River Region Chambers

Advocated to Louisiana DOT for Huey P. Long Bridge expansion through “Hurry the Huey” campaign

Leadership Jefferson program graduates first class

 

2005

Chamber teams up with JEDCO and JBC to open two Business Recovery Centers and established the Jefferson Back to Business Call Center in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

2006 Glenn Hayes

2006

Achieved U.S. Chamber of Commerce accreditation

Glenn Hayes named second Chamber President

2007 10 Year Anniverary 2

2007

The Jefferson Chamber celebrates its 10 Year Anniversary. 

Jefferson Chamber Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, established and develops into backbone of workforce development grants that were catalysts in the rebuilding following Hurricane Katrina. In its infancy, the Foundation secured $3.3 million in educational grants.

2008 First Wmg

2008

Receives 4-Star Accreditation, previously the highest rating bestowed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

First Washington D.C. Mardi Gras with Jefferson Chamber Krewe after first participating in event in 2001

First Tour de Jefferson

2009 Jcfa Established

2009

Jefferson Chamber Foundation Academy (JCFA) established; a high school that gives Jefferson Parish students a second chance at graduation.

The Jefferson Chamber attends Washington Mardi Gras

2011 Dc Fly In

2012

Todd Murphy named third Chamber President

Chamber hosts first Grand Prix go-kart race

The Jefferson Chamber attends the annual DC Fly In

2013 Earns First Lacce Chamber Of The Year 2

2013

Jefferson Chamber rebrands with new logos

Earns first LACCE Chamber of the Year Award

Chamber receives 4-Star Accreditation by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

2014 New Chamber Office

2014

Jefferson Chamber moves to current offices at on N. Causeway Boulevard in Metairie

2015 Cassidy

2015

Receives second LACCE Chamber of the Year Award

2016 Wmg

2016

Chamber supports/brokers agreement with Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services to legally operate in Jefferson Parish

Jefferson Chamber Of Commerce 20th Annual Crawfish Boil

during the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce 20th Annual Crawfish Boil in the parking lot of their headquarters in Metairie on Friday, May 19, 2017. (Photo by Peter G. Forest)

2017

Completes Goldman Sachs 10k Small Businesses program

LiveWell Jefferson founded

2018 Five Star

2018

Receives 5-star Accreditation by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the first time

Named Economic Development Partner of the Year by LABI

Receives ACCE Communications Award of Excellence 

2019 Lacce Award

2019

Earns third LACCE Chamber of the Year Award

Conducts inaugural LiveWell Jefferson Worksite Wellness Summit

Jefferson Chamber Young Professionals create Metairie Flag

2020 Vision Voice 8

2020

Chamber presents 12-part live video series “Vision & Voice: Engage 2020” featuring local leaders to connect JP residents with valuable information and critical updates on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jefferson Chamber Foundation creates Bites for Knights program for meal donations supporting local essential workers and first responders working on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic.

2021 Ruth Lawson New President

2021

Jefferson Parish Council approved a new emblem and flag. The rebranding project was a joint effort with the Jefferson Chamber Young Professionals Board.

Ruth Lawson named fourth Chamber President

2022 Leadership Jefferson Class 2

2022

Leadership Jefferson graduates 20th class

All 11 Jefferson Chamber PAC-endorsed candidates in the Kenner, Harahan and School Board elections won their races

Jefferson Chamber celebrates 25th Anniversary

Jefferson Chamber Foundation partnership leads to the opening of the first three FitLot Outdoor Fitness Park in Jefferson Parish